Population Health Research Brief Series

Scott Landes finds that Heart disease was associated with COVID-19 mortality among those with IDD

Assistant Professor Scott Landes

Lerner Affiliate, Scott Landes, finds that risk factors for COVID-19 diagnosis and mortality for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) receiving residential services are similar to (age, preexisting conditions, size of residence) and unique from (Down syndrome) those reported in the general population. Read his new research, Risk Factors Associated With COVID-19 Outcomes Among People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Receiving Residential Services.

Lerner Affiliate, Colleen Heflin, quoted in Military Times article on military and veteran food insecurity

Colleen Heflin was recently quoted in a Military Times article after her congressional testimony Thursday, May 27, 2021, on military and veteran food insecurity.

There’s a clear need for more data about the problem, advocates said. “We suffer from a lack of systematic information about the level of food insecurity among active-duty members. This means we can’t identify and focus on the pockets of where it be higher than others,” said Heflin.

“If DoD collected systematic information and made it available on food insecurity and food assistance participation, this would identify the problem,” Heflin.

Read the full article here: https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2021/05/27/a-national-outrage-lawmakers-seek-solutions-to-food-insecurity-in-military-veteran-families/

Read Dr. Heflin’s Issue Brief on the topic here: https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/137/

Faculty Affiliate, Amy Ellen Schwartz, published a paper in Issue 79 of Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers

Amy Ellen Schwartz and colleagues published The Global COVID-19 Student Survey: First wave results, in Issue 79 of Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers.

Some of their results show 26% of students had a family member experience job loss, 56% of those who had internship plans for the summer of 2020 had them cancelled, and 37% of those who had a job offer had it cancelled. With respect to education, 12% of students withdrew from at least one course, 41% were uncertain about coming back to school in the fall of 2020, and 83% expressed that the lack of contact with faculty or other students was challenging.